Where did the weekend go? It always goes too fast. I am in complete disbelief that I have a marathon this weekend….and a travel one at that. While I dread getting on a plane and saying goodbye to my family for a couple of days, and I feel really guilty taking the time for me, I am looking forward to a good long run! Which is really all this marathon is for me. I trained a lot in the miles department, but not so much on speed. It’s hit the point where all runs are at least 80 degrees, so I know trying to improve, at least for me, is pointless. I just don’t speed up when it’s hot. I can maintain a steady shuffle, but that’s about it.
One thing I keep meaning to mention is my new yoga routine. I haven’t been to Ashtanga in weeks, and I doubt I’ll make it there anytime soon. The time slot it was in worked great when Jasper went down for a nap at 1100, but now he’s more like 1230-100, and it was cutting into family time. Plus, there is a yoga studio about a mile from our house. It’s got a different vibe than where I was going, a little more laid back. The classes are good, but a little less on the intensity scale. But I really can’t argue virtually no travel time to get to a class. I’ve been going to a 730pm class, and while I am not wild about getting home from yoga at 900pm after a really long day, it really isn’t taking any family time, minus putting Jasper to bed, which we are trying to let Mike do one night a week anyways. If all goes well, I’ve been getting to squeeze in a weekend class too. My point to all this is that balance word, once again. I’m compromising the class style to make it much more convenient, and that makes me happy. Although I learned the hard way don’t eat a huge dinner then head off to class only to hear “we’re doing all inversions this class”.
In the “something I’m thinking about department”, I admit I was hugely inspired by Western States last weekend. It got me thinking about my own training, and really I do a pretty good job of getting out and getting the miles in. If I really wanted to make a return to a 50 miler, there isn’t much more I’d need to do. I have some ideas about training that I don’t think would add much to my schedule minus a couple long runs, which if planned in advance should be doable. My fall is pretty much planned with the Frankenthon marathon October and then a birthday marathon in November, so this is something I’d be thinking about in the spring. I’m going to see how this weekend’s run goes and if all goes well this is something I might pursue. I blame Mark for this since he isn’t here to start out a run saying “aren’t you glad we aren’t running a 30 mile training run?” By the way, if any of the two folks who read this have ever run the Grasslands run in the DFW area, let me know what you think, as that is one I would consider. If I do proceed with this (a big IF), I need a race that is non-technical. Hills are ok, rocky, rooty courses are not.
Why the change of heart? Well, like I said, the occupational/ physical therapy session we went to last week was a real epiphany. It was like I finally got permission to admit things can be hard. I know you probably read this and it sounds like I get to do just about everything I want to do, and that’s true, but largely because I schedule everything when Jasper is asleep. Very early morning, or weekend nap. Taking another hour on a weekend to add a few more miles to a run isn’t a huge deal. Not feeling like a bad mom for any little thing I do for me is something I’m trying to work on.
Well that’s about it. It will be a busy week of getting ready to go out of town. Why does going out of town for 2 days create a whole week’s worth of extra crap to do?